7 Happiest Ways to Haunt Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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Disney is brewing up a seasonal celebration for all ages at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Orlando.

By Nate Shelton

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back at Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom in Orlando with a record-breaking 34 nights of fear-free Halloween fun through Oct. 31. Not sure what to expect from this paranormal party? Unless you happen to be the Headless Horseman, don't lose your head — just use our guide to seven spirited ways to scare up a good time at the separate-ticketed event's 24th annual extravaganza!

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1. Trick-or-Treating and Kid Parties

Trick-or-Treating at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Photo: Kent Phillips)
Trick-or-Treating at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Photo: Kent Phillips)

Guests of all ages are invited to wear costumes without masks to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — and scoop up more than 250 tons of candy at 14 trick-or-treat stations across the park! The selection will include 40 different name-brand candies, plus originals made with Disney magic.

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Kids who come in costume can also compete for candy in the Frontierland Costume Promenade, which is led by Cactus-Flower Cate. At Storybook Circus in Fantasyland, the all-new Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam is a dance party for children featuring Doc McStuffins, Tim from The Lion Guard and other Disney Junior characters, and the stars of Monsters Inc. return to Tomorrowland for the Monstrous Scream-o-Ween Ball.

2. Boo-to-You! Halloween Parade

Boo-to-You! Halloween Parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Photo: Ali Nasser)
Boo-to-You! Halloween Parade at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Photo: Ali Nasser)

Every evening, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party begins with this eerie event, in which the Headless Horseman leads a collection of not-so-frightening floats and fan-favorite Disney characters in their Halloween best. Keep an eye out for the Haunted Mansion's hitchhiking ghosts — they're known to steal the show! (Among other things.)

Other characters you can expect to see in the parade include Dr. Facilier (The Princess and the Frog), Captain Barbosa (Pirates of the Caribbean), Oogie Boogie (The Nightmare Before Christmas), and a trio of hyenas — Shenzi, Banzai and Ed — from The Lion King.

3. Disney Jack-o'-Lanterns and Halloween Decorations

Jack-o’-Lanterns at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Photo: Ali Nasser)
Jack-o'-Lanterns at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Photo: Ali Nasser)

Think you have some pumpkin-carving skills? Wait until you see what the terrifyingly terrific designers at Disney have dreamed up! Sharp-eyed guests will be able to spot 176 individually themed pumpkins grinning back at them from balconies and windowsills in Main Street, U.S.A., and more seasonal decorations are waiting to be discovered throughout the park.

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3. Not-So-Creepy Character Appearances

Jack Skellington and Sally at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Photo: Kent Phillips)
Jack Skellington and Sally at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Photo: Kent Phillips)

Get ready to rub shoulders with your favorite Disney Characters at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — including many who come dressed in their own Halloween costumes. It's also a chance to encounter rarely seen characters, including the stars of The Nightmare Before Christmas and several Disney villains, such as Maleficent and Jafar. Feel free to ask them to pose for photos ... if you dare!

5. Eerie Live Entertainment

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party (Photo: David Roark)
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular at Mickey's Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party (Photo: David Roark)

The mischievous, mirth-filled Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus are back with their signature show. With the help of Disney villains such as Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie and Maleficent, the sisters seek to create the ultimate party potion to cast a spell on everyone in the Magic Kingdom.

In Frontierland, look for regular performances by the Cadaver Dans. Known for deadpan humor — with an emphasis on "dead" — this ghostly group belts out a bone-rattling bevy of original numbers and Halloween versions of classic songs.

6. Revamped Rides

Pirates Seek Gunpower Pete — and Your Help — at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Photo: Matt Stroshane)
Pirates Seek Gunpower Pete — and Your Help — at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Photo: Matt Stroshane)

Even Disney attractions get into the Halloween spirit at this party! Of particular note is Pirates of the Caribbean, where "real" pirates will enlist your help in their search for Gunpowder Pete, a rascally rapscallion who's after Captain Jack Sparrow's treasure.

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Also this year, Space Mountain will treat you to a hard-rocking soundtrack as you blast through the blackness of space. Finally, Mad Tea Party gets enhanced with special lighting and effects for a glowing nighttime spin that will leave you feeling quite mad — in a good way.

7. Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular

Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Photo: Ali Nasser)
Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Photo: Ali Nasser)

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party concludes with this extravaganza of pyrotechnics and music, all emceed by the Haunted Mansion's Ghost Host in front of a creepily colored Cinderella Castle. It also stars some of Disney's most memorable villains, who belt out terrifying tunes for your enjoyment.

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Want the best possible seats for the fireworks? Consider the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party, which includes Halloween-themed treats, specialty drinks and a prime viewing location in Plaza Garden for an additional cost.

With tickets starting at $75 for adults and $70 for children, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is just one way to celebrate the spookiest of holidays in Orlando: Halloween Vacation Capital®. Click here for a look at the 78 days of Halloween events we're hosting through Nov. 3, including everything from mild chills for children and families to extreme scares for teens and adults!

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Nate Shelton
Written by Nate Shelton, Consumer Content Writer at Visit Orlando. He’s a native Floridian who appreciates the entertainment, historical and culinary aspects of Orlando and Orange County.

 

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